Trellis, a café by Chef/Owner Lisa LaValle, opened in December 2013. We are proud to offer a plant-inspired menu that rotates each month. In doing a rotating menu, we can ensure that our guests have access to fresh, seasonal menu items that are sourced locally.

Join us for our Mother’s Day Brunch on 5/12/24! There will be limited walk-in availability, so get your tickets at the link above!

Café Hours

Wednesday – Sunday

11am – 2pm

March Trellis Menu

Reservations can be made for groups of 6 or more by contacting the direct phone number at 515.323.6288.

With its Terrace now open, the Skyline, Pond and Riverfront Garden views are a unique experience, and are just a short stroll up the Riverwalk. Trellis Cafe and Terrace can be rented for your next dinner, cooking class or cocktail party by reserving the space with the Botanical Garden event staff. For events, please call Trellis Catering at 515.330.1517 or email for a delicious made-from-scratch menu created just for you. More information at


We are your local source for fresh, innovative and beautifully crafted custom events. Focused on delivering locally sourced menus that help bring an event to life and give them that memorable feel, let Trellis Catering customize an evening for you. Whether it is a boxed lunch at the Botanical Gardens for a large group visit or a beautifully set wedding reception or private dinner, we can guarantee you a unique experience with fresh ingredients and creative ideas.

Trellis Catering offers delicious made-from-scratch selections that are seasonally garden fresh and purchased locally. We use sustainable, eco-friendly and green culinary techniques and products in order to preserve the natural systems that create our beautiful world.

Hosting your own private event?

Trellis Catering takes the time and care to craft your special event to perfection. Give us a call for a free consultation today.

Catering Inquiries:

Phone: 515.330.1517

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Lisa LaValle grew up in Pella, Iowa, the daughter of two college professors. During her own college years, Lisa worked in restaurants paving the way to her career as owner and chef at Trellis Cafe.

LaValle also operated the Des Moines Art Center Cafe for almost 20 years, maintaining her business while, at the same time, providing revenue to the museum.

She’s provided a workplace that has allowed her to nurture others and teach them, through their work, how to thrive, be independent, and find their place in the community.









Located in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50316